Prisoners, Nuns and Mockingbirds: a Summer Reading List

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Summer is for slackers. And non-fiction is for suckers. I stick by that, and in that vein, my summer reading list is usually ALL fiction. But this year, I’m going to diverge from that just a little bit. Like many white people in America, I’m realizing more every day that I don’t know the first thing about race, or racism, as it lives and breathes in the soil of my own… Read more

Signs, Symbols, and Things that Hurt Us

After last week’s mass shooting at a Charleston AME church, predictable threads of dialogue emerged in the media. People talking about gun control. People talking about mental illness (note: racism is not a mental illness). People continuing dialogue about racism. People raising flags, and people taking them down. Is it just me… or do arguments for keeping the Confederate flag on display sound a lot like the arguments that pro-gun advocates use for zero-restriction laws? It’s not just me. They… Read more

Happy Birthday, Car

A guest post by Lee Hull Moses Sometime this summer, my car, a Matrix hatchback in a deep blue color I’ve always loved, is going to pass the 100,000 mile mark. I’ve been watching the odometer creep closer with some anticipation, as if the car is approaching a major birthday that should be marked with fanfare and celebration. I realize it’s silly and a bit cliche to get sentimental about a car. Surely it’s nothing more than a hunk of… Read more

How to talk about religion on Facebook

Guest Post by Sarah Stewart Holland At least once a week, I get the same message on Facebook. It is some variation on “I don’t know how you do it!” Usually, these messages come from my more progressive friends who express astonishment at my ability to share my thoughts on very controversial topics without losing my cool.  My response is almost always the same. I share my honest belief that if we cannot even TALK about important subjects such as… Read more

Who Run the World (#ChurchGirls): 10 Threatening Women to Watch

You guys, this is adorable. A friend sent me this blog post about how to know if you have accidentally wandered into one of those scary progressive churches. I’m not going to post a link to it, because Voldemort. But anyway, they tell you how to stay true to the gospel and RUN AWAY, before the evil “emergent” church folk can get their gay-loving, non-hell-fearing, climate-change-believing hooks in you. I think if you read way down to the bottom, there’s probably… Read more

Wade in the Water: Pools, Fountains, and the Stain of Segregation

If the image of a 200+pound white man with a gun, pinning an unarmed, 90 pound black girl to the ground with his knees—while he is fully clothed and she is wearing a bikini—has not been keeping you up nights, then you must be missing something. Like maybe you missed the white male bystanders aiding the officer. Or maybe you missed the police shouting and cursing, while the kids just asked what in the world they’d done? Or maybe you… Read more

A Post Not About Caitlyn Jenner

People are tired of talking about Caitlyn Jenner. Or so my newsfeed says. Best I can tell, there are two camps of people who want to be done talking about this: 1-Those who say there are plenty of other transgender people in America who are not making news, and one person’s journey should not be so elevated just because of their celebrity; and  2-Those who see the whole story as “a man who decided to become a woman,” misunderstanding the… Read more

Fear, Faith and Freedom: What You and I Know about Anti-Muslim Rallies

*Ritzheimer. I mean… it just SOUNDS like a Nazi caricature. A cartoon bad guy with a swastika and a little Hitler mustache, a tiny cartoon devil at his shoulder. But the real guy’s not a cartoon. He’s alive and real in Phoenix, and he’s drumming up an anti-Muslim following. Last week, he rallied a couple hundred of his white supremacist buddies for a “demonstration” on the steps of a local mosque. Wearing t-shirts with a message so obscene, the media… Read more

The New Art of Poor-Shaming

Now trending: America discovers cruel and creative ways to further strip away the dignity of its impoverished people.   It’s a sport. It is art. It’s entertainment. It’s a political tactic. The following stories have come across my radar in the past week or so. Through different sources, from different outlets, at different times. Seemingly unrelated, but all pointing to the same disturbing truth: It is entertaining, profitable, AND politically advantageous to exploit and/or publicly shame the poor. Thing 1. Kansas… Read more

The Ultimate Summer Slacker List: Reclaiming Sabbath

Hey, all y’all “summer bucket list people.” I love you and you’re adorable, and I am in awe of your ambition. But you are really, really cramping my style. Your lofty goals make it hard for me to embrace the epic, glorious laziness to which I am committed for this season. One day, my kids are going to be old enough to read the internet, and they are going to want to know why I have not planned craft projects,… Read more

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